Gripen plane catches fire on runway
TT/The Local · 6 Aug 2009, 15:18
Published: 06 Aug 2009 15:18 GMT+02:00
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"It's reasonable to assume that he's shaken," chief of staff Nils-Göran Bernebring told news agency TT.
The fire took hold in the plane's landing gear when the vehicle had touched ground and was still in motion.
The landing runway has been sealed until further notice. It is not yet known why the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.
Local wing commander Mats Helgesson described the pilot as very experienced.
"He was out on a flight exercise and was on his way back to Kallinge," he said.
Helgesson added that there was no information as yet regarding whether or not the pilot had alerted staff on the ground to any difficulties.
Thursday's crash was the sixth such incident involving the Saab-made planes since their launch in 1993.